Presence Country
Special Report

Illustrating the extent and severity of the 2015 drought

December 17, 2015

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Would likely be at least one phase worse without current or programmed humanitarian assistance

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance

IPC 2.0 Acute Food Insecurity Phase

Presence countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3: Crisis
4: Emergency
5: Famine
Remote monitoring
countries:
1: Minimal
2: Stressed
3+: Crisis or higher
Would likely be at least one phase worse without
current or programmed humanitarian assistance

An assessment of historical rainfall data indicates that central/eastern Ethiopia has experienced the worst drought in more than 50 years. As a result, a major food security Emergency is expected to persist through much of 2016. This report presents a series of maps which illustrate the extent and the severity of the drought as well as its impacts on water availability, crop and rangeland conditions, and food security. For a more detailed narrative and analysis of the drought’s current and expected impacts on food security, please visit www.fews.net/ethiopia.

This map provides a more detailed view of how rainfall between March and September 2015 deviated from the 1981-2014 average in Ethiopia. During this period rainfall was more than 35 percent below average across much of Afar Region, northern Somali Region, and parts of eastern Amhara. An even larger area had rainfall more than 25 percent below average.

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About FEWS NET

The Famine Early Warning Systems Network is a leading provider of early warning and analysis on food insecurity. Created by USAID in 1985 to help decision-makers plan for humanitarian crises, FEWS NET provides evidence-based analysis on some 35 countries. Implementing team members include NASA, NOAA, USDA, and USGS, along with Chemonics International Inc. and Kimetrica. Read more about our work.